The Governor’s Redistricting Reform Commission has announced nine regional meetings to gather public feedback about the commonwealth’s redistricting process and ideas for a more fair, non-partisan process. The 15-member bipartisan commission was created by executive order in November 2018. David Thornburgh, president and CEO of Committee of Seventy, one of our endorsing organizations, is chair.
Fair Districts PA encourages all supporters and concerned citizens to attend one of these meetings. We welcome the opportunity for scrutiny of the current process and the chance to provide input on possible remedies. While this commission has no authority to mandate the legislative solution we so desperately need, it does provide an open forum for constituents across the state - big cities, suburbs, and rural towns - to explain the impact gerrymandering has had on their lives and communities.
Please mark your calendars and plan to participate.
Invite your friends and family, your legislators and municipal officials, your school board directors and business leaders. This commission wants to hear from ALL of us about the harm done by gerrymandered districts.
Find more details and RSVP for individual events here.
The commission also invites Pennsylvanians to provide their comments online. Don’t miss this chance to go on record in support of an independent, transparent process.
All the meetings will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Harrisburg date will be announced soon. The dates and locations of eight public meetings will be:
Williamsport Thursday, April 4. First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, 201 W. 4th St., Williamsport, PA 17701
Erie Thursday, April 18. Erie County Public Library, 160 E Front St., Erie, PA 16507
Pittsburgh Thursday, May 2. Carnegie Mellon University’s Simmons Auditorium, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Reading Thursday, May 9. Penn State Berks Perkins Student Center, 1801 Broadcasting Rd., Reading, PA 19610
Altoona Thursday, May 16. PSU-Altoona Devorris Downtown Center, 1431 12th Ave, Altoona, PA 16601
Philadelphia Tuesday May 28. Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, 750 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Bethlehem Wednesday, May 29. Northampton Community College Alumni Hall, 3835 Green Pond Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18020
Wilkes-Barre Thursday, June 6. Wilkes University Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701